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Woe Of Tyrants - Threnody
Five piece screamo band bringing solid rage to the party
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Woe Of Tyrants - Threnody

Chris Catanzaro - Vocals
Nick Dozer - Guitar
Matt Kincaid - Guitar
Shaun Gunter - Bass
Johnny Roberts - Drums

Chris Catanzaro leads the line for Woe Of Tyrants, a five-piece screamo metal band hailing from Chillicothe, Ohio. I open with this line at the start of the review simply because the 'opening' thing that strikes you about these guys is the raw, satanic energy Catanzaro puts into the songs. He is backed up by some incredible guitar playing and unholy drum rhythms - definitely a band for the future. They have just finished touring and decided to ride the wave right into producing this 10 track release full of outpouring emotions - grief, anger, dismay, all portrayed through the medium of sonic rage metal. The whole album covers a wide spectrum of things but there are some aspects that predominate - I've picked out some of my favourites below, each offering something a bit different - great variety about these guys. My only complaint would be that they can disrupt the rhythm and tempo so often that it is impossible to get yourself in sync with the song, to get nodding and rocking with them in equal measure.

Listening to track two, "Creatures Of The Mire" blows your mind. Everything about it is so fast that it feels like you were holding your breath throughout the song. Johnny Roberts' drumming is inhumanly fast, almost as if he is trying to hold the Creature down in his Mire by drumming on his infernal skull. The guitar works not by consistent riffery but short blasts of schizophrenic scratching that dips and changes often, not settling into a constant rhythm. During times of vocalisation it is apparent that the guitar works around Catanzaro - and to great effect. These guys attack their instruments.

Track four - "Tempting the Wretch" - starts with spider like guitar riffs accentuated with more raw gravel from Catanzaro. The speed of guitar fretting and the increased importance of it in this song says alot about this bands ability, being able to delegate importance within tracks to the instruments instead of being completely dominated by Catanzaro. That isn't to take away from his importance here! This track also actually has some church like chanting, melodic instead of hoarse (admittedly faint against the riffery) and it adds another dimension, giving it a slightly more epic feel, as if the band are desperate enough to sing in order to get their message across.

"Singing Surrender" at number 9 surprises me - just because I didn't think these guys could surrender to anything. It starts off with some real head nodding rhythms and riffery that is then accentuated with ethereal harmonics in the background... before the song launches back into the bread and butter - Catanzaro battling the demons out loud. This song begins in a really nice way and then accelerates beyond the head nodding threshold, entering the realms of pure mosh. It has some great Dragonforce-esque instrumentals towards the end before pulling the curtain down on the song with the synth sound from the beginning put against some more epic riffery. Then it finishes with piano! - That manages to cap the song perfectly. This has single potential! This band has potential! Give them a listen, for sure.

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